The Department of Environmental Health (EH) believes that the essence of public health is the primary prevention of disease. EH’s mission is to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the health of all people through global leadership in research and training in environmental health.
• To perform research on the pathogenesis and prevention of environmentally-produced illness that will act as a catalyst for scientifically based public health advances in society.
• To perform research that will range from the molecular to the epidemiological levels and will utilize a diversity of appropriate technologies.
• To produce well-educated scientists, engineers and professionals with the ability to advance environmental health in all sectors of society both domestically and internationally.
• Attract and retain a distinguished faculty from a wide range of fields, such as chemistry, physiology, genetics, cell and molecular biology, medicine, engineering, epidemiology, occupational health and risk management.
• Seek colleagues and collaborations to maximize the department’s resources and impact: establish and strengthen collaborations within Harvard University and Universities throughout the world through exchanges, faculty placement and distance learning.
• Promote interdisciplinary research and teaching.
• Recruit and provide financial support for the most qualified graduate students and post doctoral fellows.
• Increase resources (financial support, space, equipment and opportunities) for the career development of faculty, staff and students.